We live on a planet with a finite supply of resources and continuing with wasteful patterns of resource use is not sustainable. Even the most conservative projections for global economic growth over the next decade suggest that with an increasing global middle class, demand for oil, coal, iron ore and other natural resources will rise by at least a third.
Waste management focusses on the end of a product’s life, however efforts must be targeted at the opportunities to prevent waste by influencing the design, production and use of products, and to promote a circular flow of resources and materials within economies.
Our work in this area covers the circular economy, waste management regulation and policy, recycling and other components of the waste hierarchy and wider resource management.
An independent review of shale gas extraction in the UK and the implications for the water environment
Microplastics is an issue of growing concern as understanding of their spread into the remotest parts of the planet develops.